Joaquin Phoenix Gets 'Embarrassed' After 'Kimmel' Airs NSFW 'Joker' Outtake

Joaquin Phoenix's new interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! is going viral for several reasons. First up, the sit-down chat, which saw the Hollywood heavyweight promote his film, Joker, held a tense tone throughout its entirety as the actor remained mostly quiet about the project and even more quiet about his personal life. However, the most-talked about moment arrived towards the end of the segment, but it seems as if the joke is on us.

During the interview, Phoenix said that he and the film crew "had a good time" making the project, but the comedian responded to the remark with an outtake he said that he received from the film director Todd Phillips. At that point, Kimmel cued to the reel, which saw Phoenix in character on set cursing a cinematographer named Larry for whispering and seemingly calling him Cher. "I know you started the f**king Cher thing, Larry," he says. "You think it's f**king making fun of me. Like I’m a f**king diva. It’s not even an insult. Cher, really? Singer, actor, dancer, fashion icon—how’s that a f**king insult?"

Phoenix appeared flustered after the clip ended, admitting to the crowd that the reveal was embarrassing. "Sometimes movies get intense 'cause you’re a lot of people in a small space and you're trying to find something, so it can feel intense," he said. "But, um, that was supposed to be private. I’m a little embarrassed and I’m sorry about that."

After the episode aired, Phoenix's publicist deemed the moment "a joke outtake," which means the actor's awkward response to it all was planned, too. However, this wouldn't be the first time that the actor tried to pull a fast one on the late-night host. To promote his mockumentary, I'm Still Here, he took to David Letterman's show for an odd interview and returned a year later to apologize and admit that his demure was part of the character that he played in the film.

 

Photo: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live

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